Re: Strangest sounds ever heard from the head...
waiting near the kids' heads?
died laughing because of a song from Frozen?
1000 posts • joined 15 Jul 2008
"I remember being on a scuba diving site once looking to book a holiday, and seeing ads being presented for kitchen white goods."
Well, (1) the site you are on is no longer of relevance to the ads that you see. The whole point of this discussion is that the ads are determined by information they have about you, rather than which site they are shown on; and (2) perhaps you are blocking tracking as far as possible, therefore they don't actually have much accurate information about you.
You didn't actually say that you weren't interested in kitchen white goods by the way.
There seems to be an increasing tendency for users/inventors of new techniques to employ reasoning like "If we do X, it will be illegal, so the law must be changed" rather than "we can't do X because it's illegal".
See also Uber vs. taxi registration and employment laws; AirB&B vs hotel regulations, etc. etc.
Presumably (although IANAL either) if they told the guy they were going to publish and that was that, it's not blackmail even if he then proposes some deal and they agree not to publish.
Whereas if *they* propose a deal not to publish it is indistinguishable from blackmail.
Way to go with the sweeping generalisation!
I am a cyclist *and* a driver, they are not mutually exclusive, and I follow the highway code, rules of the road etc when in both roles. There are good and bad drivers and cyclists, so let's have less of that please.
How did we get from self-driving cars to slagging off cyclists?
"It's their only link because they won't delete it."
True, and what's worse in my view is companies and (more often) other organisations that use FB or other social media as their main internet presence.
Nearly as bad as when you see a tradesman's van with a gmail or a hotmail email address on it. Just unprofessional.
I am no fan of Apple, although I dislike them less than I do FB. I don't own a single one of their devices personally but it seems to me that they did the right thing here. Apple weren't the ones breaking the rules, and even if FB have a bad reputation it wouldn't be the right thing for Apple to have pre-emptively refused them a certificate.
IT Monkey's Nan deserves more upvotes for that.
As for who's to blame - it's all about plausibility. Some scams are plausible, especially if they mimic real customer service communications.
Sadly it's reached the point where I instinctively distrust even genuine emails from my ISP, paypal, etc.
They didn't say they were going to grow crops, they did an experiment to study the germination of seeds.
And that is what they did, successfully.
Of course they didn't expect it to survive the lunar night temperatures. That doesn't mean the experiment failed. If it provided some results, it was a successful experiment, whatever the results were.
Maybe if the clock time is held in a value where max=N, and it receives N-1 pulses in a very short time, it will count up and wrap around, and the result is to appear to be counting down rather than up.
Like a wagon wheel (not the biscuit) appearing to roll backwards when it's actually going forwards.
Back in the day, we used to get DVDs on rental, which were sent out by Lovefilm. LoveFilm ended up being owned by Amazon.
One day my wife placed an Amazon order and entered her Mother-in-Law's address, as it was a gift for my parents.
Somehow that address got matched with her LoveFilm account, and from that day, we stopped receiving LoveFilm disks, and my parents started receiving unsolicited DVDs.
Neither of us realised what had happened and both parties went through several rounds with Amazon of "where's my DVD" vs. "Stop sending my DVDs" until several months later when we were talking about it and the penny dropped.
I don't think it's just the app, but the automatic ETA signs at the bus stops. The theory being, if the sign doesn't show any buses are on the way, perhaps no buses are on the way.
However on main routes in London you can usually just open your eyes and look up from your phone and notice several buses in any direction you care to look.
Just turn off the stupid voice-activated things.
And no, I didn't add a Google widget to my home screen because I can just long-press the home button to bring up Google search.
Or was that comment in the article aimed at the minority* of readers who are iphone owners? It did say "you" but didn't qualify that.
* Assumed, because Apple have a minority of the smartphone market.
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